An outfit for all seasons – #4 – Cool days, hot looks

How do you dress for a ride? This question is more complex than it may seem at first. But with the aim of helping you answer it for yourself, here we present a collection of clothing reviews, along with some advice on how to combine pieces for different outfits to match different conditions. The reviews are loosely arranged in outfits according to the weather in which you’d wear them, going from warmer to cooler. We also present some “Extras to Consider” with each outfit, things you may want to bring along in a bag to be prepared for changes in temperature or to accommodate different needs. Read the complete introduction here.

1. Earth Wind and Rider Wool Jersey

In an office full of wool fans, this is one of our most favorite jerseys, and not just because it’s got our name on it. The 100% Merino fabric is the perfect thickness for layering or wearing alone—not too sweater-like or too thin. Alone, it’s great for temps up to the mid-60’s, and it’s my go-to jersey over a wool baselayer and under a softshell for the truly nasty cold of midwinter. Ribbed collar and cuffs add to its great durability. The 6” zipper allows some temperature regulation. Comes in women’s and men’s cut, and even the women’s has three pockets in the back, unlike others that skimp. $125. Made in U.S.A. www.ewnr.com

2. Endura Strike Gloves

Aside from being good cool-weather gloves, these are seriously waterproof, with a seam-sealed interior membrane. I cleaned them for the photo shoot by putting them on and washing my hands in the sink for a good while—my hands stayed dry. Having dry and warm hands when it’s wet out will increase your comfort dramatically, not to mention safety. They’re rounded out with gel padding on the palms, a terrycloth wipe zone, and reflective details. $50 retail. Props to Endura for making these in both women’s and men’s sizes. Made in China. www.endurasport.com

3. Outlier Women’s Daily Riding Pant

These are basically stylish “skinny” jeans that are comfortable to ride in—they look like jeans, but feel like tights in stretchiness and comfort. Made of Schoeller brand Dryskin Extreme fabric (80% nylon/10% polyester/10% elastane), soft and comfy on the inside with a “nanosphere” surface treatment that repels water and dirt. They’re water-resistant, not waterproof, but even if they get soaked they dry quickly, and nasty leftover road dirt then brushes off easily. The fabric treatment is supposed to last through many more washings than other DWR treatments, but even better, it keeps the fabric looking clean with fewer washings; I’ve worn these every commuting day for the last three months and washed them once. Wool tights underneath extend their temp range down to the twenties. The $180 price caused some gasps, but considering how much use I’ve gotten out of them, I think they’re worth it. Made in U.S.A. outlier.cc

4. Swiftwick Socks

Swifwick sells their Pursuit Merino socks in a variety of lengths; the Seven (as in 7" cuff) is good for providing some extra warmth. Blend of 60% Merino wool, 30% nylon, and 10% Lycra. Choosing thicker/higher socks as it gets colder goes a long way toward comfort. –K.B. www.swiftwick.com

5. Bicycle Times Sock Guy Socks

This Bicycle Times version is made for us by Sock Guy from 75% wool, 15% nylon, and 10% Spandex. The 3" high cuff makes them practical for fall/spring temps. $11. Made in U.S.A. www.sockguy.com

6. Luna Baselayer

Great under the EWnR jersey. www.lunasportgear.com

7. Sheila Moon Cycling Cap

A cap made of DriFit wicking material with ear flaps for colder temps. www.shielamoon.com

8. EnduraLaser Jacket

Layer this shell for precipitation or cold wind. www.endurasport.com

9. Smartwool Glove Liners

Extend the temperature range of gloves with these. www.smartwool.com

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